- 1Deprive (a person in holy orders) of ecclesiastical status: he had left his diocese one step ahead of a move to defrock him (as adjective defrocked) a defrocked French Catholic priestMore example sentences
- Because it is a state church, however, the Lutheran Church cannot defrock him.
- The Dallas resolution made it much easier to defrock a priest for molesting a child.
- An Irish Protestant priest who faced being defrocked for publicly stating he did not believe in the divinity of Christ last night announced his resignation.
- 1.1Deprive (someone) of professional status or membership of a prestigious group: (as adjective defrocked) a defrocked psychiatristMore example sentences
- These defrocked workers are retraining for free in the city sponsored center, where they learn computer skills and facial massage.
- In line with the law he was defrocked, and the commandments plaque was removed.
- If you've accepted such behavior in the past and expect to continue this friendship in the future, it's wrong to insist on defrocking your friend.
early 17th century: from French défroquer, from dé- (expressing removal) + froc 'frock'.
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